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Emu captured in police patrol car

Nov. 28, 2012 at 3:32 PM

BARNSTAPLE, England, Nov. 28 (UPI) -- Police in Barnstaple, England, said they apprehended a loose emu and held it in the back of a patrol car for a half hour until animal authorities arrived.

Police said the large flightless bird, a native of Australia, was seen running from house to house in rush hour traffic Wednesday morning and was quickly corralled into the back of a patrol car, where it became angry, The Guardian reported.

"There was a lot of wee-ing and poo-ing and flying feathers in the back of the car," acting Sgt. Zoe Parnell said. "It's going to have to be specially cleaned."

The emu was turned over to North Devon Animal Ambulance, which is searching for the bird's owner.

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